PEARL ― Four high school seniors enrolled in career and technical education programs across Mississippi are receiving $500 scholarships from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation.

The scholarship program, funded by MCEF and the Mississippi State Board of Contractors, rewards top-performing students in career and technical education programs who are on track to enroll and be accepted in construction- or manufacturing-related degree programs after graduating from high school. Recipients also must meet academic requirements and be recommended by their instructors and career-center directors.

"If Mississippi is going to have the skilled workforce that’s needed for tomorrow, we must encourage and train those workers today,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “This scholarship program rewards students who are readying for career and technical positions; subsequently preparing Mississippi to support its growing construction and manufacturing industries."

Scholarship winners are Lyla Jordan, Greene County Vocational Technical Center; Sam Kirkland, South Panola Career and Technical Center; and Matthew Barnett and De’Niyah Boose, Wayne County Career and Technical Center.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.